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Karen Jones

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Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Planning and Environmental


Karen Jones is a partner in the Planning and Environmental team at Blandy & Blandy LLP.

Karen's experience includes strategic planning advice, planning appeals, public inquiries and environmental law, particularly nature conservation law. She has practised as a parliamentary lawyer and had considerable involvement in The Channel Tunnel Rail Link project. Karen has worked in Local Government (in roles including interim head of legal and solicitor to the council), where the majority of her projects involved significant planning, environmental and conservation considerations.

She has published a practitioner's guide entitled: Conservation and Land Use (2000) and has written articles for sector journals and national media. Karen also writes a regular column for Waste Planning.


Joined Blandy & Blandy in 2005.


Royal Town Planning Institute (legal associate), UK Environmental Law Association, Law Society, Country Landowners’ Association (CLA)


University College London, LLB, LLM Environmental Law


Enjoys gardening, walking holidays, jogging and travel.

South East: Real estate


Within: Environment

Blandy & Blandy LLP fields a 'proactive, professional' team of environmental law specialists headed by Karen Jones, who is singled out for her 'extensive knowledge of planning and environmental law'. The practice's expertise covers a range of environmental law expertise, including handling environmental impact assessments; issues related to contaminated land and environmental permitting applications; advising on SPA impact on development proposals; and conducting environmental due diligence. Recent work includes acting for University of Reading on environmental issues in relation to a development in Oxfordshire, including EIA scoping and works in connection with local footpath improvements; and providing ongoing advice to R Collard on the extension to existing waste recycling facilities in Hampshire, including the creation of an ecological compensation area offsite. Simon Dimmick is also recommended.

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Karen Jones - Blandy & Blandy LLP

Within: Planning

Blandy & Blandy LLP's planning team provides 'clear and accurate advice' and 'more than holds its own against City planning teams'. It is regularly involved in strategic planning projects across Reading, where it handles planning strategy and development issues for several landowner clients, including planning appeals, public inquiries and environmental law matters. Recent highlights include advising longstanding client the University of Reading on negotiating a s106 agreement and contractual arrangements taking into account infrastructure delivery obligations for a site at Didcot which will contain up to 1,880 homes, two new primary schools, a secondary school and a neighbourhood centre. It is also acting for Fairfield Parish Council on planning strategy related to various matters, including s106 agreements and advice on village green potential. The practice is headed by the 'resilient' Karen Jones and includes Simon Dimmick, who attracts praise for his 'vast experience'. Associate Victoria Charlesson is 'a rising star in planning law who gives calm, considered advice on complex issues'.

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